How to Convert Articles into Audio

This post is a guide on how to convert text articles into audio speech, on A3 Techworld. When you don’t really have time to read, you listen instead.

The process of converting texts into audio might be tricky for some, this post shows the easy steps involved in the text-to-speech conversion process.

Why convert texts into audio? Most airing podcasts these days are texts that were converted to audio, so it’s a simple way to get on your podcast gig.

Is there a way to turn text into audio? Natural Reader Online is a text-to-speech web application that converts any written text into spoken words. Use Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or iCloud from your mobile to upload and instantly listen to documents on the go. Premium users can even take a picture of printed books to listen to using OCR.

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Are you having a hard time grabbing the attention of your audience? Then this is for you, text-to-speech can also be used to expand your blog over the social media platform to get more traffic.

Best text to audio speech software/converter

If you’re looking for the best text to speech software out there, to convert your text articles into audio speech for a podcast, then you’re in luck.

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Below are our top text to audio software converters:

ListenLater.fm

This platform was specifically built to turn web articles into spoken audio clips, perfect if you’re able to understand podcasts much more quickly than written stories.

With this text-to audio converter you can queue up five articles a month for free, but anything over that requires a $36-per-year subscription.

Once you’ve signed up and logged in, you can add articles to your podcast feed by using the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox extensions, or by sending links to your personalized email address.

Amazon Polly

The Amazon Polly software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to convert text to audio. Its ability to serve various users across different continents makes it even more relevant with over 50 language options to choose from

This text-to-speech software offers real-time speech results immediately after you send your text to the software’s API. The standard speech formats it produces are MP3 and OGG.

Podcastle 

Podcastle is a Chrome extension that turns articles into audio playlists.  And unlike other text-to-speech tools, it works across tabs so you can control your listening queue and playback for several articles in one place.

You can download the extension from here. Once you’ve set it up, go to the article of your choice, click on the Podcastle icon, and click Convert to Podcast.

Natural Reader

Natural reader is a free text to speech software with its own web browser and can be used in various ways:

  • The first option is to load documents into its library and have them read aloud from there.
  • The second option takes the form of a floating toolbar. 

Trinity Audio

A brilliant WordPress plugin can turn your existing blog posts into audio podcasts, Trinity Audio takes content diversification to another level. It allows you to choose from various Amazon Polly voices and that too in your preferred language.

This plugin can make a great impact on your audience as more and more people are turning towards listening to audios; whether they’re at the gym or stuck in the traffic, podcasts are taking over the internet. On top of that, not everybody likes to sit in front of the computer and read a whole block of text.

Trinity Audio allows you to:

  • One-click convert and add a player to all of your blog posts
  • Select where you’d want to place the player
  • Select your default gender voice
  • Choose your preferred language
  • Add a post excerpt into the audio player

With all these great features, you can get access to this amazing plugin for absolutely free.

Play

Play helps to narrate Medium, Pocket, WordPress, or any site’s article in more than 30 types of voices with excellent quality. Not just the English, but it also helps you with French, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.

For WordPress users, there is a plugin for that by Play.

SpeechKit

Also on the text-to-speech converter, we have SpeechKit, which delivers realistic voices that are capable of increasing engagement. 

SpeechKit allows you to convert news into audio by simply pasting a URL. Although there is a limitation on the variety of languages.

SpeechKit requires you to pay a subscription fee, but there is a free demo to test out the tool.

Change text-to-speech on your phone

On Android, from Settings go to Accessibility and Text-to-speech output, then tap the cog next to Preferred engine and choose Install voice data.

On iOS, open Settings, then pick AccessibilitySpoken Content, and Voices.

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